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Predictions for 2020

I kind of swiped this idea from the team over at Legal Insurrection. It seems like the kind of thing that one does in January. So, here are my predictions for events that we will see in 2020. No promises, this is a new one for me! Let's get going! National Predictions...

What Is Blind Lemur Conservatives?

It began as a joke – something so obvious even a blind lemur could see it. The Democrats seem canine-centric (Blue Dog, Yellow Dog), so I figured we on the right could use a fun animal, and frankly, lemurs are all the rage! So I hear. Kinda. Anyway, after deciding that the leadership is so inept that a blind lemur could lead better, I decided to create this movement. And perhaps even spin it off into the real world. Stranger things have happened.

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The Smollett Case Keeps On Giving

When we last left the steaming mess that is the Smollett case, Chicago was suing to recoup $130,000 in overtime costs for the investigation, and every suburban chiefs of police organization had voted 'no confidence' in Cook County Prosecutor Kim Foxx. And I thought...

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Foundational Beliefs

Foundational Beliefs

What are the foundations of Blind Lemur Conservatives? What do we believe? BLC’s foundational beliefs are core to understanding our goals, and hopes.

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The Simulation Is Breaking Down

The problem with not doing this as a full-time thing (or with a collection of co-bloggers to pick up slack) is that sometimes reality is so far out of alignment that it takes too long to synthesize a post. By the time it's ready, some other nonsense has happened, and...

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And Now The Coverup

So the Cook County prosecutor is trying to back up their fabrication from yesterday - that Jussie Smollett didn't get special treatment. CBS Chicago has an internal memo requesting staffers find examples of cases handled similarly to Smollett. The reason for this is...

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No Collusion.

No Collusion.

Oh, Hillary, the irony is so rich. You and yours couldn’t accept the election, and refused to do so. As a result, we got nearly three years of an investigation of false claims your camp faked up to overthrow the President. And now, the report is out…no collusion of any kind, by anyone.

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What Is Wrong In Florida?

What Is Wrong In Florida?

I first wrote about this in 2016. In that article, I asked what the hell was wrong with the North Miami Police Department. Now, the jury in the trial of North Miami PD officer Jonathan Aledda has declared itself hung on the counts of attempted manslaughter for...

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No Collusion.

Preckwinkle Stops Ads?

Today marks day two of Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle not running ads. That is an odd choice, and her answers don't help any. Preckwinkle claims her team is "making strategic decisions". It seems that the strategy here is 'lose'. Ever since the...

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Bridge Update 02

Bridge Update 02

Progress! Construction resumed on the bridge over I80 on Cicero Avenue (IL50) - with more than one person this time. While the rebar is still unfinished on the north end of the north-bound lanes, there is new concrete (not a lot, but some) on the south end of that...

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Bridge Update 02

Bridge Update 01

I never expected this to have a bridge repair component. But here we are. The infrastructure in Illinois, especially bridges, is dangerously bad.

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What Is Blind Lemur Conservatives?

It began as a joke – something so obvious even a blind lemur could see it. The Democrats seem canine-centric (Blue Dog, Yellow Dog), so I figured we on the right could use a fun animal, and frankly, lemurs are all the rage! So I hear. Kinda. Anyway, after deciding that the leadership is so inept that a blind lemur could lead better, I decided to create this movement. And perhaps even spin it off into the real world. Stranger things have happened.

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The Left Will Eat Itself…

Candidates For The Circular Firing Squad

It is still April, and about 20 candidates have tossed themselves into the ring for the dubious honor of being the 2020 Democratic nominee. Dubious, since history shows that presidents who have Trump’s numbers at this point are reelected. Pretty much always.

Dubious is also appropriate because the increasingly totalitarian base of the Democratic Party is demanding purity over electability. And that never ends well – for anyone.

Despite the increasingly radical stance of the left (CNN is even breaking ranks over letting incarcerated felons vote), there are a lot of centrists in the field. Red meat for the grinder? Maybe. I think this is another example of the inner party not knowing their base anymore. The GOP has this same problem – but the GOP base isn’t as insane as the Democratic Party base.

The first hurdle for these 21 candidates is in June. In order to qualify for the first debate, they need to poll at 1% support in at minimum three approved official polls for either the national level or the first four primary states and they need to receive donations from at least 65,000 unique donors, with at least 200 unique donors per state in at least 20 states. I can support that – it weeds out the likely also-rans fast, and lets the DNC focus on protecting Biden.

For the format, each of the candidates, as of April 26 is listed in alphabetical order, with a brief explainer of who they are, and my take on their chances in the second paragraph. Each photo is the same width, and the logos may be sized to not cover the photo. All photos and logos come from the Wikipedia 2020 Election page. About those logos – some interesting color choices in there. A lot of darker colors instead of the official DNC blue. That’s different. The fonts are mostly standard, nothing too wacky. Interesting is the candidates whose teams don’t include a designer who understands that SVG is the way to go. There are far more than I expected in 2019. It isn’t a political statement, but it does seem out of touch in the design realm.

So, to each of these poor saps, good luck. The fix is probably already in for Biden, so the rest of you are running for VP. Unless Clinton or Michelle Obama enters the race…then it becomes anyone’s guess who the DNC will pick.

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It is still April, and about 20 candidates have tossed themselves into the ring for the dubious honor of being the 2020 Democratic nominee. Dubious, since history shows that presidents who have Trump’s numbers at this point are reelected. Pretty much always.

Dubious is also appropriate because the increasingly totalitarian base of the Democratic Party is demanding purity over electability. And that never ends well – for anyone.

Despite the increasingly radical stance of the left (CNN is even breaking ranks over letting incarcerated felons vote), there are a lot of centrists in the field. Red meat for the grinder? Maybe. I think this is another example of the inner party not knowing their base anymore. The GOP has this same problem – but the GOP base isn’t as insane as the Democratic Party base.

The first hurdle for these 21 candidates is in June. In order to qualify for the first debate, they need to poll at 1% support in at minimum three approved official polls for either the national level or the first four primary states and they need to receive donations from at least 65,000 unique donors, with at least 200 unique donors per state in at least 20 states. I can support that – it weeds out the likely also-rans fast, and lets the DNC focus on protecting Biden.

For the format, each of the candidates, as of April 26 is listed in alphabetical order, with a brief explainer of who they are, and my take on their chances in the second paragraph. Each photo is the same width, and the logos may be sized to not cover the photo. All photos and logos come from the Wikipedia 2020 Election page. About those logos – some interesting color choices in there. A lot of darker colors instead of the official DNC blue. That’s different. The fonts are mostly standard, nothing too wacky. Interesting is the candidates whose teams don’t include a designer who understands that SVG is the way to go. There are far more than I expected in 2019. It isn’t a political statement, but it does seem out of touch in the design realm.

So, to each of these poor saps, good luck. The fix is probably already in for Biden, so the rest of you are running for VP. Unless Clinton or Michelle Obama enters the race…then it becomes anyone’s guess who the DNC will pick.

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The Smollett Case Keeps On Giving

When we last left the steaming mess that is the Smollett case, Chicago was suing to recoup $130,000 in overtime costs for the investigation, and every suburban chiefs of police organization had voted ‘no confidence’ in Cook County Prosecutor Kim Foxx.

And I thought the stupidity was over.

Nope!

Today we learned that the Osundairo brothers are suing Smollett’s legal team, including Mark ‘Unindicted Avenatti Co-Conspirator’ Geragos for defamation. In Federal court. Read the complaint here:

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Foundational Beliefs

Foundational Beliefs

It comes to mind that I have not explained the foundational beliefs of what I am calling Blind Lemur Conservatism. That needs to change. The ideas of what is or is not conservative have become, at best, muddied over the years. And that harms the movement, and aids the opposition.

We need to first define conservatism, in the sense I believe in. This isn’t going to be the conservatism of the Republicans or Libertarians, this is what I believe matters in the context of the modern world.

Conservative foundational beliefs include:

  • Absolute freedom of speech.
  • Small Government – the smaller the better. In almost all cases, the private sector can do things better than the government, and should do them.
  • Absolute freedom of religion – this must include freedom from religion as well, and total separation of religion and state.
  • No Governmental Interference – the government should stay out of my life unless or until compelled to by a specific set of actions.
  • Absolute freedom of association – this must include disassociation as well.
  • Individual Liberty – the citizen is the foundation of the state, and until or unless they interfere with the rights of others, the state should respect their right to do as they will.
  • The right to defend yourself as needed – this covers bearing arms, which is needed for a free society.
  • Absolute freedom to enter into civil unions with any number of consenting adults – the state should not be in the business of defining family.
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The Simulation Is Breaking Down

The problem with not doing this as a full-time thing (or with a collection of co-bloggers to pick up slack) is that sometimes reality is so far out of alignment that it takes too long to synthesize a post. By the time it’s ready, some other nonsense has happened, and it’s time to start over.

Look at the past few days….

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And Now The Coverup

So the Cook County prosecutor is trying to back up their fabrication from yesterday – that Jussie Smollett didn’t get special treatment.

CBS Chicago has an internal memo requesting staffers find examples of cases handled similarly to Smollett. The reason for this is that they spun a story where having the charges dropped, your files sealed, and everything put back to zero is somehow normal. It isn’t.

This is just another example of the fix being in for someone who has political connections. For reasons no one is totally sure of, Smollett had Michelle Obama’s former Chief of staff interfering with the investigation on his behalf. That interference led to Cook county prosecutor Kim Foxx recusing herself from the case, and the prosecutor’s office eventually dropping all charges in return for the forfeiture of a $10,000 Bond, and a whopping 16 hours of community service. Sources report that this community service was served into two hour chunks, at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push coalition, and consisted of signing autographs and talking to fans about being an actor.

Needless to say everybody else that has a case pending in Cook county wishes they had jussie Smollett’s connections, and could serve his kind of community service. The reality here is, Kim Fox has somehow managed to become a symbol of and unfair justice system, and the prevalence of influence peddling in Chicago in the course of a single day.

Hate Crime Hoaxes No Longer Illegal In Chicago

Hate Crime Hoaxes No Longer Illegal In Chicago

The Cook County State’s Attorney has dropped all charges, and sealed the records of Jussie Smollett. He, in return, completed, allegedly, 16 hours of community service and forfeited his $10,000 bond.

The fix is in, folks.

It is incredibly important to note that the prosecutors did not dispute the facts in the case, they just dropped the charges, expunged the record, and sealed it all away. This is beyond a miscarriage of justice. Smollett has never stopped lying about the attack, and we can only conclude that he would have continued to do so in a trial, potentially leading to a conviction for an innocent person.

What has yet come to light is Kim Foxx’s level of corruption involvement in this decision. Which, one suspects, is total. Foxx attempted to interfere in the case on behalf of Tina Tchen, former chief of staff for former First Lady Michelle Obama. Why Ms. Tchen was involved at all is anyone’s guess, of course. But then, in a move considered unusual and even inexplicable at the time, Foxx recused herself from the case. This was when it was still an actual hate crime against Smollett, as opposed to by Smollett.

Kim Foxx – Anti-Law?

Even worse, for Chicago, is that Foxx has now cemented her position as an anti-cop and anti-law ‘prosecutor’. For those who came in late, Cook County elected Kim Foxx as a direct result of the handling of the Laquan McDonald case. Which many cops viewed as a justified or justifiable shooting (my opinion is that it might have been, but he went way too far in the shooting). Foxx charged the officer, Jason Van Dyke, with 16 counts of aggravated battery, two counts of first degree murder (with four additional counts of first degree murder dropped pre-trial). Each round fired resulted in one battery charge. He was then charged under 6 different flavors of first degree murder. This is, correctly, considered overkill.

Now, she is on the record as doubting the CPD’s ability to investigate the Smollett case, and then tossing it out despite a Grand Jury finding, and the testimony of the actual attackers!

When the prosecutor’s office is so clearly antagonistic to the police, the police have a history (not just Chicago, this is fairly universal) of tossing their hands in the air, and just looking the other way.

The center cannot hold indeed.

No Collusion.

No Collusion.

Clinton irony

Oh, Hillary, the irony is so rich. You and yours couldn’t accept the election, and refused to do so. As a result, we got nearly three years of an investigation of false claims your camp faked up to overthrow the President. And now, the report is out…no collusion of any kind, by anyone.

Which is a shock to literally no one. No one except the members of the mainstream media, never-Trump 5th column, and every leftist on social media. So, no one who thought it all out.

Like I said about Jussie Smollett’s absurd claims, in order to have believed this, you needed to set aside reason and logic. Which the American left did, en masse, because they couldn’t accept losing. We try to teach kids to be gracious in victory and accepting in defeat. I guess it didn’t stick for these kids.

Like I said about Jussie Smollett’s absurd claims, in order to have believed this, you needed to set aside reason and logic. Which the American left did, en masse, because they couldn’t accept losing. We try to teach kids to be gracious in victory and accepting in defeat. I guess it didn’t stick for these kids.

Now, it is time to do two things:

  • Release the unredacted report. And then declassify everything related to the report. Show the sources, let everyone know what happened.
  • Then prosecute everyone who lied to Congress.

Why? The end goal of the entire investigation was nothing less than the overthrow of the lawfully elected President of the United States. You could construe that as treason.

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

While no war was waged, the government has determined that the Russian government did seek to undermine the government, and the collusion narrative generated post-election by a Clinton campaign who could not accept their loss aided in that effort. I am not a lawyer, and my lawyer friends are all pretty far-left, so they would explain in detail how that isn’t treason. It seems to me that may be for the courts to decide.

Yes, that will be a mistake. Treason prosecutions would serve to make the brutal animosity we have been dealing with since the Clinton impeachment worse. It may, however, be worth the problems.

Until now, there has been literally no consequence for lying to Congress, misleading and deceiving (in conspiracy no less) the American people, or any other action on the list of liberal sins. That must end. When they collude and push lies in order to destroy people, there must be a reckoning. Now, there is a conspiracy, as evidenced in print and online, to overthrow the President. Mr President, you must act to ensure this never happens again.

America is not a place where journalists face actual risk. Despite their claims to the contrary, they are safe here. That safety must include the ability to criticize the government, and publish stories that the government might want left alone. And that must never change. What we have seen in the Meuller affair is neither of those. This was the pushing of a known-false narrative, willfully misleading their readers (possible class action suit there – defrauding their readers by propagating fake news?), and giving aid to an enemy in their attempts to destabilize the US.

Hold them accountable.

What Is Wrong In Florida?

What Is Wrong In Florida?

Charles Kinsey before being shot by officer Jonathan Aledda

I first wrote about this in 2016. In that article, I asked what the hell was wrong with the North Miami Police Department.

Now, the jury in the trial of North Miami PD officer Jonathan Aledda has declared itself hung on the counts of attempted manslaughter for shooting unarmed therapist Charles Kinsey.

Mr. Kinsey is the one laying down with his hands up.

Jonathan Aledda should be fired and retried.

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No Collusion.

Preckwinkle Stops Ads?

Today marks day two of Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle not running ads. That is an odd choice, and her answers don’t help any.

Preckwinkle claims her team is “making strategic decisions”. It seems that the strategy here is ‘lose’. Ever since the Nixon/Kennedy debate, TV has been king, at least insofar as determining who the people viewed as the best candidate. For a candidate to suspend ads with less than two weeks to the election is unheard of.

Of course, Preckwinkle says this is all strategy. Nothing to see here!

Personally, I suspect that either they spent too much too soon, and are pulling back as money runs out, or they have some internal polling that shows they cannot win. I wonder if Preckwinkle’s ongoing negativity (including after the general election last month) hurt her. Or if inexplicably bringing up Lightfoot’s sexuality might have. Why not both?

Frankly, Preckwinkle needs to lose. As I wrote before, neither will be good for Chicago, but Lightfoot seems to be less bad. Preckwinkle is a known problem. A Democrat insider (and party leader) who is tied to massive corruption in the persons of Joe Berrios and (allegedly) Ed Burke. Preckwinkle’s office also pushed for illegal implementation of her disastrous soda tax. It would be nice to see her voted out of office in Cook County too, but I am not holding my breath. In 2006 Cook County voted for a man who was likely in a persistent vegetative state after a stroke. Of course, the Democratic Party concealed that fact, but still…

Blocking the Toni Preckwinkles of the world is important. Maybe the next goal can be an actual opposition to the Democratic regime in Chicago.

Bridge Update 02

Bridge Update 02

Progress! Construction resumed on the bridge over I80 on Cicero Avenue (IL50) – with more than one person this time.

While the rebar is still unfinished on the north end of the north-bound lanes, there is new concrete (not a lot, but some) on the south end of that section. They are working on the transition bit between the deck itself and the road. There are some big gaps there, like the earthworks or side braces needed reinforcing. That is where the focus seems to be for the past few days.

Photo of the rebar on the IL50 bridge

It’s good that work has resumed. The southbound lanes are deteriorating rapidly. Patches from a month back are, basically, gone.

In related public works news, the frontage road labeled either Fusion Way or Martec Int’l Blvd (which is not, by the way, in any regards an actual boulevard) has degraded again. The short form of the story is that the road is twisted and evil, more pothole than road. Everyone drives it like it’s a slalom course, dodging the worst of the holes in the road (even semis do this). Someone filled in holes with dirt & gravel in February, and the holes are back, and by April will be back to their usual size and severity.

The problem here is that none of the local political entities accept the responsibility for the road. The county (Cook), township (Bremen), and municipality (Country Club Hills) all point at someone else as ‘responsible’.

Cook County’s map shows that the section in question is, in fact, the responsibility of Country Club Hills. The township is responsible to the north and south (which is weird), but the section in the middle, the worst section, is all Country Club Hills’ responsibility.

Map showing highway jurisdictions

You can check your own road jurisdictions in Cook County here: https://maps.cookcountyil.gov/hwyjurisdiction/

No Collusion.

Robert Francis O’Rourke Running

Robert O’Rourke is running for President. His resume to the public as a whole is losing to Ted Cruz in the midterms. Despite the ‘beto’ nickname beloved of the media, O’Rourke is not, shockingly, Hispanic in the least.

Robert Francis O’Rourke was born on September 26, 1972, at Hotel Dieu Hospital in El Paso, Texas, to Pat Francis O’Rourke and his second wife Melissa Martha O’Rourke (née Williams). He has Irish and Welsh ancestry. His family gave him the nickname in infancy “Beto”, a common Spanish nickname for first names ending in “-berto”, initially to distinguish him from his namesake grandfather.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beto_O’Rourke#Early_life

His announcement included the absurdist messianic statement “We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of Earth.” While many on the right may believe that of the US, the official Democratic Party line has been rather the opposite. So it is logical to conclude that this is O’Rourke referring to himself.

President Obama had the decency to win before he declared himself the savior of the world.

Here is a picture of O’Rourke from NBC, demonstrating that he fits in with the Democratic Party’s antisemitism, as he offers a Nazi salute as limp as he is.

Bridge Update 02

Bridge Update 01

I never expected this to have a bridge repair component. But here we are. The state of the infrastructure in Illinois, specifically bridges, is really poor. The mandarins in Springfield have ignored infrastructure, choosing instead to focus on literally anything else. As a result, we have some serious issues up here.

IL50 & I57: Bridge 016-1014

At this writing, there are 109 days to go before repairs are late. And we are 116 days past the original due date, as covered previously.

Today there were three trucks that might be workers. One dude moving a pallet. No work on the rebar.

This is troubling, because the state report from 4/12/18 on the status of the bridge deck is that the superstructure is in serious condition (3), and that the structural evaluation rating is 3, intolerable, high priority for correction. This is a bridge that sees a lot of traffic, and a lot of heavy truck traffic. Especially since the ‘construction’ of a gravel parking space just south of the span, and the addition of a power company yard (lots of cherry-picker type lineman trucks) in the same area.

US41 & Chicago River: Bridge 016-6030

This is the span that, rather infamously, cracked on February 11th. To compare to the IL50 span above, Lake Shore Drive was given ratings of ‘serious condition’ for the superstructure, ‘intolerable – high priority for correction’ for the structural evaluation, and ‘intolerable – high priority for replacement’ for the deck geometry. Despite this, and despite the crack last month, there are no open projects visible on the IDOT website regarding this span.

I80 & Des Plaines River: Bridges 099-0040 & 099-0041

There is a sign warning people not to cross, that it is too dangerous. The I80 bridges over the Des Plaines River are two disconnected spans. As such, they get two listings. Why does this matter? It matters because the east-bound superstructure rating is ‘poor’, while the west-bound rating is ‘fair’. Neither is great, of course.

These are taken from the publicly available reports, and contradict the media reports of which is worse. The above ratings also contradict the ratings reported by Shaw Media. Admittedly, the detailed reports I cite do not have conclusions in them, only data. There may be, and likely is, more information available to the actual media, or via a FOIA request. I am not the media, and haven’t sent in a FOIA request. The reason I go into this is that the linked report says that there may be repairs in the spring, which is…well…almost here. And I cannot find any contracts or reports to suggest that IDOT will be doing anything this spring.

In fact, there is a project study concerning I80 that isn’t scheduled to be finished until summer.

Reports are that “short term repairs” will happen starting next month, but there is no schedule for full reconstruction.

Chicago Police & Crime News

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    This is from a few days ago, but get a load of this:A parole escapee left his 4-year-old daughter alone in his car “with an AR-15 rifle and a whole lot of heroin” when he decided to run from police in Monday morning, a Cook County judge said during a bond court hearing Tuesday.He was […]
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  • Mass Shootings Are Up September 21, 2020
    The Tribune actually used the term "mass shooting" for some reason, but left out actual important info - can you spot it?Two mass shootings have left at least nine people injured in attacks in the South Side’s West Pullman and West Englewood neighborhoods on Saturday evening, officials said.Most recently, about 5:45 p.m. in West Pullman […]
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  • This is Ironic....Sort Of September 21, 2020
    See if you can see the disconnect:Sunday at midnight, TikTok and messaging app WeChat will vanish from U.S. app stores. Users who already have TikTok on their phones will still be able to use it for now. The Trump administration claims the Chinese are maliciously collecting Americans’ personal data through the apps. One person who […]
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  • Rogers Park: Man shot after “exchanging words” with group of men Monday morning, police say September 21, 2020
    A West Ridge man is in good condition after being shot in Rogers Park on Monday morning. He’s the fourth person to be shot in the local police district over the past week. The post Rogers Park: Man shot after “exchanging words” with group of men Monday morning, police say appeared first on CWB Chicago.
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  • River North robber tracked down by police surveillance cameras, prosecutors say September 21, 2020
    Officers assigned to monitor CPD POD cameras dialed up a camera feed after 911 callers reported seeing a man being attacked outside Portillo’s, 100 West Ontario, around 2:50 a.m. Saturday. The post River North robber tracked down by police surveillance cameras, prosecutors say appeared first on CWB Chicago.
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  • Man carjacked near Diversey Brown Line station overnight September 19, 2020
    A driver was briefly dragged by his own vehicle during an armed carjacking near the Diversey Brown Line station early Saturday, police said. The post Man carjacked near Diversey Brown Line station overnight appeared first on CWB Chicago.
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